Dumb newbie question

Cash Perkins cash at flashcom.net
Sun Sep 24 12:32:42 CDT 2000

Hi guys,

I'm trying to write a little script that will automagically pick a gif image from a specificed directory.

So far I've got:

#! /usr/local/bin/perl

  $basedir = "/home/wobblewire/html/avengers_site/images/";

  opendir(DIR, $basedir);
  @files = grep(/\.gif$/,readdir(DIR));

  srand(time ^ $$);
  $num = rand(@files); # Pick a Random Number

  print "<img src=\"$basedir$files[$num]\">\n";

When I run it directly it seems to work ok:

[wobblewire at bizcom cgi-bin]$ perl rnd_image.cgi
<img src="/home/wobblewire/html/avengers_site/images/casttopr.gif">
[wobblewire at bizcom cgi-bin]$ perl rnd_image.cgi
<img src="/home/wobblewire/html/avengers_site/images/eqavenger21.gif"> 

But now I try to embed it into my html doc and it doesn't work at all:

<!-- #exec cgi="/cgi-bin/rnd_image.cgi" -->
This prints out Nothing.  Permissions on rnd_image.cgi are wide open.

What am I doing wrong?

Thanks in advance!

Cash Perkins
Perl numbskull.
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